His Kind of Love: Love is a Choice
I had a very painful situation occur several years ago. The love I felt for a friend was not returned. When he rejected me our friendship ended in a very dramatic and painful way.
Gary Chapman said “Love is a choice.”
We have a choice how we love others, but it doesn’t have to be in a romantic manner.
We can love our friend, co-workers, neighbors and even our enemies.
We can love these individuals by praying for them, showing them an extra measure of kindness and listening to the promptings of the spirit.
Romans 12 says, “Love must be sincere. Hate what is evil, cling to what is good.Be
devoted to one another in love. Honor one another above yourselves…Share with the Lord’s people who are in need. Practice hospitality.”
Showing love to others is a choice. It’s not always easy to show love to others, especially if they are out to hurt us.
Yet, God wants us to pray even more fervently for the individual.
Romans 12 goes on to say, “Bless those who
persecute you; bless and do not curse…Do not repay anyone evil for evil. Be careful to do what is right in the eyes of everyone. If it is possible, as far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone. Do not take revenge, my dear friends, but leave room for God’s wrath, for it is written: “It is mine to avenge; I will repay.”
We live in a day and age that says “treat people the way they treat you. I am entitled and deserve what this person has.”
However, these modern day beliefs are the opposite of what God tells us to do.
We have a choice to make. We can get revenge or we can show the individuals God’s Kind
Romans 12 ends with, ““If your enemy is hungry, feed him; if he is thirsty, give him something to drink. In doing this, you will heap burning coals on his head. Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.”
We have a choice in how we treat others.
As Gary Chapman said, “love is a choice.”
Do you choose to love others?